Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is to a large extent based on MBSR en was developed for patients suffering from recurrent depression by three cognitive psychologists (Mark Williams and John Teasdale in the UK and Zindel Segal in Canada). They added a number of elements from cognitive behavioural therapy to the course. Randomized Controlled Trials showed that those who followed the course were significantly less vulnerable to recurrence than those who did not. More recent research showed that MBCT could equally well prevent relapse as anti-depressant drugs, with fewer side-effects and better quality of life.
Evidence of the efficacy of MBCT gave the green light to offer mindfulness courses in the mental health setting, and as the amount of research results piled up the areas of application also grew.
We cannot prevent dark thoughts from circling above our heads like black ravens.
We can prevent them from building nests in our hair.